BOOK REVIEW: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 10 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any other boy in her village. After a village boy asks the breathtakingly beautiful Rapunzel to marry him, Mother Gothel doesn't trust any boys and believes it is time for a change of scenery. On the way to the new city they get attacked by bandits. Sir Gerek, a knight of the Duke, rescues them and captures one bandit. Later, when the prisoner attacks him, Rapunzel saves his life by using her knife throwing skills. Sadly Sir Gerek's arm and ankle are broken. When they find shelter at a monastery, Sir Gerek is forced to teach Rapunzel to read. Pretty soon Rapunzel gets a job and finds out that Lady Rose is her mother. After an evil lord takes over the kingdom and Sir Gerek leaves to go find the Duke and Mother Gothel kidnaps Rapunzel while Sir Gerek is away. Sir Gerek saves Rapunzel from Mother Gothel and the Duke, who happens to be Rapunzel's father, grants them permission to marry. They lived happily ever after!
My favorite part of this book is when Rapunzel finally tells her parents who she really is. Rapunzel is my favorite character because she can do anything she sets her mind to.
If you love the movie Tangled or any other Rapunzel story then you should enjoy this wonderful tale by Melanie Dickerson.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 and up.